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High-end sustainable W.I.N.D. House can be controlled by smartphone

High-end sustainable W.I.N.D. ...
W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
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W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
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W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
Initial work on the W.I.N.D. House began back in 2008 and the project was finally completed in 2014 (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
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Initial work on the W.I.N.D. House began back in 2008 and the project was finally completed in 2014 (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
The home takes the basic shape of a flower petal and is split into four sections (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
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The home takes the basic shape of a flower petal and is split into four sections (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
It sports fully glazed front and rear facades (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
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It sports fully glazed front and rear facades (Photo: Fedde de Weert)
The interior is flexible, and an office can easily become a bedroom, or vice-versa (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
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The interior is flexible, and an office can easily become a bedroom, or vice-versa (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
Tinted glass reduces the effects of solar heat gain (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
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Tinted glass reduces the effects of solar heat gain (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
A supplied touchscreen tablet offers monitoring of and fine-control over lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, solar panels, and security systems (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
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A supplied touchscreen tablet offers monitoring of and fine-control over lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, solar panels, and security systems (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
Additional energy-saving gear installed in the home includes a mechanical ventilation system with integrated waste heat recovery (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
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Additional energy-saving gear installed in the home includes a mechanical ventilation system with integrated waste heat recovery (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
W.I.N.D. House sports a solar panel array on its roof which goes toward reducing grid-based electricity requirements (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
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W.I.N.D. House sports a solar panel array on its roof which goes toward reducing grid-based electricity requirements (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
The forward-thinking W.I.N.D House features sustainable technology that reduces dependence on the grid (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
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The forward-thinking W.I.N.D House features sustainable technology that reduces dependence on the grid (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
Private areas (bedrooms and office, for example) face the woods at the rear (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
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Private areas (bedrooms and office, for example) face the woods at the rear (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
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Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
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Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
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Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
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Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
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Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
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Architectural drawing of the W.I.N.D. House (Image: UNStudio)
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We've reported on a number of homes that can be controlled from inside or afar by smartphone, including the El Refugio Inteligente and Schoolmasters houses. The recently-completed W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio, is another such example, and the high-end residence also sports sustainable technology that reduces its dependence on the grid.

Initial work on the W.I.N.D. House began back in 2008, and the project was completed in 2014. The home features a usable floorspace of 406 sq m (4370 sq ft), and takes the basic shape of a flower petal, with fully glazed front and rear facades.

The interior follows features a mostly open-plan layout. Private areas like bedrooms face the woods at the rear, while more public living areas offer views of the expansive landscape in front of the home. These rooms are designed to be flexible though, and a bedroom can be turned into an office or whatever else is required with relative ease.

A supplied touchscreen tablet offers monitoring of and fine-control over lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, solar panels, and security systems (Photo: Inga Powilleit)
A supplied touchscreen tablet offers monitoring of and fine-control over lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, solar panels, and security systems (Photo: Inga Powilleit)

W.I.N.D. House sports a solar panel array on its roof. A UNStudio representative told Gizmag that the size of the roof prevented the firm from installing an array large enough to allow the home to operate fully off-grid, but that it helps reduce grid-based electricity requirements. Further energy-saving technology installed in the home includes a heat recovery ventilation system, an air source heat pump, and tinted glass which mitigates the effects of solar heat gain.

The home's automation system is an open-source system that uses the KNX Protocol to manage the lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, solar panels, and security. Using this, the owners can fine-control their home from afar with an internet-connected smartphone or other device, thus enabling them to switch the lights on or ensure the heating's on high enough before they get home, for example, in addition to monitoring energy usage.

Source: UNStudio

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